Chives

Allium schoenoprasum

Allium schoenoprasum

Allium schoenoprasum

Chives

  • Position: Full sun or partial shade
  • soil: moist but well-drained soil
  • Flowering period: May to June
  • Height: 0,3-0,5m
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

Varieties

Allium schoenoprasum

Chives, also known as Allium schoenoprasum, is a member of the onion family. It is fast-growing, with rounded pink-purple flowers above green, hollow stems.

The onion-scented leaves and the flowers are edible. You can sprinkle chopped fresh chives over salads, soups and potatoes.

Allium tuberosum

If you prefer garlic-scented leaves, consider garlic chives (Allium tuberosum). Chives die back in late autumn but will regrow in early spring.

Pruning

Pruning chives (Allium schoenoprasum). After flowering, cut the flowered stems down to 4-5 cm above the ground, so the plant will not set seed.

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Best to start with the outside leaves first        Deadheading chives

Harvesting

Do chives grow back after cutting. You can harvest the leaves of chives for most of the year. Cut the leaves back to 4-5cm above the ground. The leaves quickly regrow, if you need a few leaves, best to start with the outside leaves first.

Care

Bear in mind that chives like moisture in the soil. Don’t let the plant dry out, especially during the summer season.

Keep well-watered if conditions are dry.

Dividing

To keep its vigour, divide chives every two or three years. Divide chives in March or October. Lift the clump with a fork and cut it into smaller pieces with a sturdy knife.

Replant the divided parts and water thoroughly.

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